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Designaddvance calls for ideas that reimagine railway stations in X, Y and Z cities beyond being just Transit Hubs and more as nodes of urban activity to reform and boost the existing spatial and visual identity of a railway station into that of an urban centre. Mixing uses like healthcare, commerce, education, leisure, business, entertainment, etc.

Site Selection: 

Participants can take up a railway station site in any of the X, Y or Z cities, according to the RLDA’s scheme (refer to appendices). Designaddvance encourage sites in Y and Z cities that promote the growth of the city/town. 

  • The total site area should be between 1-4 acres. 
  • Follow locally applicable bye-laws or the National Building Code in their absence. (Different cities and regions have different allowances for ground coverage, FSI, % built-up area, etc.).
  • Refer to the Manual for Standards and Specifications of Railway Stations Vol I and Vol II for standards.


  • Open to all undergraduate and postgraduate students of Architecture, Planning, Engineering and Design across the country.
  • Anyone who is a student at the time of registration is eligible to participate, including those graduating in 2023.

Team Composition:

  • maximum of three members per team is permissible.
  • The team may be multidisciplinary with at least one member being an architecture student.
  • The members of the team can belong to the same or different academic years, colleges and courses of undergraduate or postgraduate disciplines with at least one member being an architecture student.

Submission Requirements:

  • A statement defining the programme, context and the choice of site in one A4 sheet as a pdf. Name the pdf as <Code_Statement>.
  • 5-7 Graphical Slides in 16:9 ratio, Landscape orientation, 200 to 300 DPI, with the design process and the drawings (plans, elevations, sections, views, area and energy calculations) depicted in a suitable graphical scale.  Include calculations and statements for compliance with zero energy building requirements. Including Energy Rating System Index, Energy conservation code, Energy use intensity, etc. In the submission. Name the pdf as <Code_Presentation>.
  • Participants are encouraged to elaborate on decarbonization and calculation of other zero energy design strategies within their design and the processes that surround it.
  • A recorded presentation of under 5 minutes duration explaining the project shall be included in the submissions, to be uploaded in the submission folder/link provided. Name the recording as  <Code_Video>.
  • A letter of declaration signed by the participant shall be included. (Format attached in the annexure of the brief).  Name the letter as <Code_Letter>.
  • Include and acknowledging references used for case studies and design ideas that have been adapted from sources in the submission. All entries shall be scrutinized for evidence of plagiarism. 
  • The submissions need to clearly document the design process. It is recommended that drawings/ graphics be developed using Autodesk Revit and auxiliary Autodesk BIM tools. The sheets may include plans, sections, elevations, 3D views, joinery details, Dynamo scripts, and anything else that would help communicate the idea better. 
  • Participants’ cannot mention names anywhere, only the submission code has to be mentioned on the top-right corner of the documents. 
  • The Autodesk Docs link for uploading the entry is communicated to the participants after registration for the competition closes.


  • Cash Prizes for the top three winners:
    • 1st: ₹ 75,000/-
    • 2nd: ₹ 50,000/-
    • 3rd: ₹ 25,000/-
  • Designaddvance will publish Top 10 entries on the website.
  • Top 5 winners will get free entry to Capricot BIM for Design Program (140 Hours) worth ₹ 50,000/-
  • All participants who have submitted the entries will get a discount voucher of 40% on the BIM for Design Program.
  • E – Certificates for all attendees of the workshop.
  • E – Certificates for all participants who have submitted competition entries
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